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Moroccan Modern: Marrakech’s Riad Mena

Architecture & Interiors

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Casablanca aside, Morocco without color is an anomaly. Reds, saffrons, and cobalt blues spring with abandon from labyrinthine alleyways and luxury hotels alike, presenting an endless stream of breathtakingly color-filled vignettes for traveling esthetes. Enter the anomaly: Riad Mena, a new 6-room hotel in the center of Marrakech, which blithely makes its trademark a judicious use of color.

Marrakech-based interior designer Romain Michel-Meniere has managed to turn the former private house into an elegantly modern—but still very Moroccan—hotel by applying a color scheme of whites and neutral shades alongside small, beautifully placed infusions of color. His inspired mixture of traditional North African crafts and Mid-Century furnishings keeps the ambience of Riad Mena appealingly local without descending into cliche, while offering diehard Modernists a chance to view classics like the Barcelona Chair and Saarinen Side Table in unexpected new light.

Theme-specific rooms include The Gysin, an homage to the Beat poet and artist Brion Gysin, and, our particular favorite, The Eileen Gray. Who says Modernism and exoticism make strange bedfellows?RiadPhilomina_MO-0103Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetRIAD-10Riad-Mena-Marrakech-1RIAD-9Riad-Mena-Marrakech-2RIAD-4RIAD-7RiadPhilomina_MO-0068-1RiadPhilomina_MO-0166-1Via Wallpaper, Romain Michel-Meniere

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1 Comment

  1. Nandina Home & Design

    Oct 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Wow, this space is absolutely amazing. The whites and textures plus all of the detail are incredible. It’s lovely.

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